I just finished binge-watching Orange Is the New Black and I thought I would share my thoughts – obviously, this is going to be a spoiler central blog post so if you still haven’t seen it then stay away!
I think I’m going to break down my thoughts per character because that makes the most sense to me, unlike with my Grey’s Anatomy posts I haven’t been taking notes as I’ve gone along so I might forget things but we see how we go.
So when the series started I was confused because I totally forgot that Piper got out of jail the last season. Well, in this season we see her trying to adjust to the outside world. It’s been an interesting journey with Piper because in the very beginning I found her super annoying, but as the show progressed and we stopped focusing on her as much she became more tolerable.
Honestly seeing her on the outside was nice, it was good to see her getting things back on track. I liked that she was able to make a new friend in Zelda and the relationship they shared, I just wished that they had been able to keep it platonic tbh.
All in all though I am super glad she ended up with Alex, I totally cried when I saw that Piper had chosen her. I mean there’s always one couple that is End Game on a TV show and Alex and Piper were it. Can’t complain.
Okay so Alex has always been just an okay character for me, and I felt like this season she was kind of dull…
I mean sure she was doing the phone charger selling thing but it was repetitive and nothing exciting ever really happened with it. Except for the McCullough thing, I kind of saw it coming but I wish it didn’t happen. Only because Alex should have been trying to stay faithful to Piper. I do wish good things for McCullough she’s been through a lot.
Anyway, like I said above, I’m glad she and Piper are working it out even though she got transferred.
Oh Nicky, she been through so much. She was always one of my favourites.
My heart breaks for her because things were falling apart towards the end. Nicky herself was fine but I mean with Red and Lorna it was not good and she was trying to take over the role of mother but it wasn’t really working.
Plus she didn’t even get her love! The girl she was seeing was deported and that was sad too. I needed her to have one win this season but she wasn’t getting any. She did have her moments but still…sad.
Then at the end they were showing the cast saying goodbye and they showed her saying her lines and she was crying and I was crying and I’m gonna miss her so much.
Love her. Don’t have much else to say.
She has always been the ray of sunshine in an otherwise depressing episode. And then she got to be mayor of the chicken coop and it was adorable.
So yay Suzanne.
Taystee went THROUGH IT this season.
I was confused about what was going on with her at the beginning of the season because I didn’t remember last season at all but I pieced it together as the season went on.
I can’t believe she was going to take her own life – I know everyone is upset that the episode didn’t give a warning when they showed her suicide attempt – I was shocked too because I thought as we saw the set up for it we weren’t going to see the actual attempt. It was heartbreaking.
Luckily, Taystee didn’t die and remained throughout the season. I’m so glad that there was always someone there or a reason to pull her back.
And the last reason, the memory with Poussey – I LOST IT. Honestly, the show was playing with my emotions this season, bringing back old characters just so we could be emotional all over again. My heart.
I loved that Taystee was able to make a foundation in Poussey’s name, it was deserved.
Like all the other characters, Pennsatucky has grown a lot since the first season.
I liked seeing her relationship with Suzanne grow when they were put in Florida together. It was cute.
In this season I liked that she was trying to get her GED and was engaged with the teacher. It was great, things were going well for her…
So it BROKE ME when she died. SHE PASSED HER GED EXAM SHE COULD HAVE HELD OUT I WAS SO MAD. I feel like this is the one reason why I wanted to make this blog post – just to let y’all know this wasn’t cute and I just couldn’t believe that it was happening…
SHE DESERVED BETTER. But it happens I guess…still so sad.
I don’t have a lot to say about her other than I’m sad that her and Taystee never made amends. I am also sad that she ended up living on the streets because of Taystee’s letter but I guess I’m glad she was able to make things better for herself and was making things right for her daughter. We love reformed inmates.
I was not expecting her to be the one that killed ‘Daddy’. Also kind of glad that ‘Daddy’ wasn’t gonna stick around this season because I always thought that whole storyline was kind of crazy.
But it’s also crazy that Daya went all gangster and took over the drug operation. She never really suited that role and I am sad that she went from this young woman who had a cute relationship with that guard to a drug addict/dealer. Yikes. (Also side note remember when that guard literally just disappeared and we never heard from him again – what was up with that? – Like I know the dude went on to be on How To Get Away With Murder but he could have come back for like one episode at least???)
Anyway, yeah wasn’t expecting Daya to be a gang leader though I feel like she gets a lot of help from that one girl who’s name I can’t remember. I was expecting more drama from it but then I guess there wasn’t really anyone else selling drugs…until Aleida ended up back in jail lol.
He was always a good guy. I don’t remember what happened with that girl who exposed him for sexually harassing her but at least Joe eventually realised that he was in the wrong. I always feel like he means well but it takes him a while to realise that not all his ideas are good ones.
I like his relationship with Fig and I’m glad they were still together. They balance each other out.
It’s also great that Joe was helping the inmates again – it’s cute that he still wanted to be involved.
Lorna definitely wasn’t handling things well as the season went on. I mean my heart just broke for her losing the baby and also possibly her husband…
I would have liked to see her get out of prison and live a happy life with her husband – I think she deserved that.
Seeing Red lose her memory is so sad. I wanted more for her, she was always a fighter. But I guess it doesn’t always turn out that way. It hurts a lot to think that it took everyone so long to notice.
And so this brings us to the end of my thoughts – I know I’ve missed some people but I felt like I didn’t need to say much about them. Or I have forgotten lol.
I’m still sad that a lot of things have been left open-ended – I mean we don’t know for sure what happened to a lot of people and so it was left up to us to interpret what happened. I mean I suppose it’s not the worst thing but sometimes you just want solid endings for people.
Now that the show is done I can add it to the list of things I will probably rewatch in the future. I think it would be good to rewatch the whole thing and binge-watch properly to see the full timeline, because so much has happened it’s hard to remember – especially if it happened before the riot.
But yeah, I guess it’s time to move on to other TV shows…if you have any suggestions leave them below!
~ Courtney x